BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired - January 12, 2016) - Amazing Charts, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems for independent physician practices, today issued four healthcare predictions for 2016:
- Problems will provide the answer for EHRs.
With a few notable exceptions, such as Amazing Charts, EHRs are often blamed for physician burnout and dissatisfaction. Now EHR vendors are exploring the problem-oriented medical record, a more intuitive approach that works the same way a doctor thinks. It organizes clinical records and practice workflows around specific patient problems, making it faster and more satisfying for physicians to use. Look for new problem-based EHR systems to gain market share in 2016.
- Chronic Care Management (CCM) will grow quickly.
To promote the effective care management of chronic illnesses, CMS introduced CPT code 99490 in 2015. This code reimburses providers for outreach between office visits, such as telephone conversations, medication reconciliation, and coordination among caregivers. New levels of technology integration will drive the ability of clinicians to complete CCM reporting of remote care from inside their EHR.
- Healthcare costs will get more transparent.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) encouraged millions of people to sign up for high-deductible plans, which means routine healthcare is paid for out of pocket. Many of these patients are demanding more price transparency from their physicians and insurers. As a result, nontraditional value-based payment models-such as Medicare Advantage, Direct Primary Care (DPC) and on-jobsite/near-jobsite clinics-will continue to grow in popularity.
- EHR interoperability will remain elusive.
EHR interoperability exists within Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) networks. But, outside of these organizations the business case is weak and active participation in sharing data is relatively low. Until the industry as a whole embraces the need for true interoperability and places population health and seamless exchange of data ahead of corporate silos, the full potential of interoperability will not be realized.
About Amazing Charts
Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 7,100 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 275,000 clinicians since 1995. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.
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